Roku reveals a new subwoofer and a revamped Roku Express

expands its range of wireless speakers with a new, more affordable subwoofer. The Roku Wireless Bass, , costs $50 less than the Roku Wireless Bass Pro. It features a 5.25-inch subwoofer compared to the Pro’s 10-inch subwoofer, and it’s firing forward instead of down. The Wireless Bass also has less oomph at 120W peak power versus the 250W of the Wireless Bass Pro.

Still, Roku says the speaker will deliver “deep, dynamic bass” and “rich depth” for movie, TV, and music playback. It has a sleek design and can be positioned anywhere within 30 feet of your TV. You must pair it with a Roku Streambar, Streambar Pro, Smart Soundbar, or Roku TV with wireless speakers. It’s available to pre-order as a standalone item or as part of a $250 bundle with the Roku Streambar. It will be shipped on November 7th.

Roku also unveiled a new version of its entry-level streaming media player, Roku Express. The latest model has dual-band WiFi, which will likely improve streaming performance. The $30 device streams video in 1080p quality, so this is what you need to do if you want to watch 4K TV and movies. The Roku Express also comes with the company’s basic remote control, which doesn’t have a headphone jack. The new Roku Express is out and shipping on October 13th.

Roku OS showing Continue Watching and Save List features.


Meanwhile, Roku is unveiling the next version of its operating system, which will introduce more content-aware features and will roll out to compatible devices in the coming months. Roku OS 11.5 adds a new feature called The Buzz to the home screen. There you will find posts with trailers, interviews and clips from various streaming channels. You can follow channels to stay up to date with what’s new, save content promoted in the posts to watch later, or start streaming the show or movie right away.

A Continue Watching feature (on the Recommended Videos screen) should make it easier to continue something you didn’t finish on Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount+, The Roku Channel, and other supported apps. You can also find a save list in the What to Watch menu and the Roku mobile app. You can save movies and shows to watch later from different apps and access all of them from the save list.

Elsewhere, Roku will bring its private listening mode to the latest versions of the Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, and Roku Streambar Pro. You can connect Bluetooth headphones directly to these streaming players. Previously, private listening was only available via the Roku mobile app and by plugging headphones into the company’s high-end remotes, so that should simplify things a bit. Among other updates, Roku OS 11.5 will rename the Channel Store to The Roku Store and introduce categories to the Live TV Guide.

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